Celebrating the launch of the PET-Xi Apprenticeship Scheme
Here at PET-Xi we are backing National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March) by officially launching our own PET-Xi Apprenticeship Scheme.
I’ve spoken many times about the positive impact apprenticeship opportunities have on individuals and businesses – as well as the wider economy of course. Research by the National Audit Office has shown that for every £1 a business spends on an apprentice, £18 is paid back into the UK economy. So I am absolutely thrilled that we are now fully involved, both as an employer and as a training provider.
To launch our scheme, 10 of our staff have moved over to apprenticeships in one of three qualifications, Teaching and Learning in Schools, Level 2; Team Leading, Level 2; and Management, Level 3. These 10 apprentices, ranging in age from 20 to late 40s, equate to over 15 per cent of our full time employees – which we believe is well above the national average.
In addition we are providing additional apprenticeship opportunities in customer services, business administration, social media and digital marketing and sports coaching.
The second element of our scheme is to support schools as they are tasked with taking on apprentices for the first time. Delivering three million apprenticeships by 2020 is a key priority for the Government, which is now working to ensure that the public sector “steps up” and takes on more apprentices. Under the latest proposals, public bodies with 250 or more employees – including schools – will have a duty to take on apprentices.
Packed with all the pace and passion that helped us make our name, the 12-month apprenticeships are being offered during the coming months to young people aged from 16 to 24. We are giving schools the opportunity either to put an existing teaching assistant onto the scheme or perhaps even to offer to a year 11 leaver with potential. While the apprentice’s employer will be the school, we will deliver the course and the accreditation – a Level 2 certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools.
The apprenticeship scheme follows on from the very successful traineeship programme currently running in our Sheffield office and designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 to gain the appropriate skills or experience to get a job or apprenticeship.
Our new apprenticeship scheme moves us further into this vital arena.
Sheffield is also home to our very first PET-Xi apprentice, 18-year-old Matilda Ward who joined us last November. We are employing Matilda as she takes her Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Level 2 qualification.
Apprentices bring fresh, new ideas into the organisation and can also be a great way to bridge any skills gaps within a team.
I am so proud of our work in this area and look forward to welcoming many more apprentices to the PET-Xi family over the coming months.